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Our trip to Ohio

Earlier this month we headed North to Ohio and Michigan. While we were in Ohio we were blessed to spend time with friends and family members. We spent one night with our friends Scott and Cathy.

Scott and Rob have been good friends since Junior High School when they met at church and Cathy and I are second cousins. Her mom and my dad were cousins. She will be facing a rather complicated hip replacement surgery (her second this summer) next week and I know she would appreciate your prayers for her. We had a wonderful time visiting with them and wished we could have stayed longer. We enjoyed several delicous meals that they prepared, including breakfast when they made this Cream of Brown Rice recipe:

Family Favorite Cream of Brown Rice

For each serving:
1/3 cup cream of brown rice
1 1/2 cup milk
1 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsps. maple syrup
1 tsp. flax seed
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
Pecans or walnuts as desired

Bring milk to a boil then add the cream of rice. Stir for four minutes and then add the other ingredients. To prepare in the microwave use only 1 cup milk and cook in a one quart container for 2 mins. Let stand for two minutes.

This was really tasty and was something we had never tried before. Have any of you ever tried Cream of Brown Rice? It is gluten free and might be something you would like to try for a special breakfast for someone who must avoid wheat or gluten.

Here's what the package looks like:

Here's a picture of the finished product:

We also visited with my Aunt Nana and her cat Ellie May.

We visited Rob's mother in the nursing home and while we were visiting Rob's sister, Deb and her husband, Dan also came for a visit. Megan and the children were with us at that visit and so they all got to meet little Maddie for the first time.

Our major complaint any time we travel up North is that there just isn't enough time to spend visiting with all those we would like to see and spend time with. We are thankful that we were able to make the trip even though our time was limited.

I'll post more of our travel adventures in some upcoming posts.


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Gluten-free cookies

We don't have anyone in our family who must avoid gluten or wheat, but there are quite a few students at school who have this dietary limitation. From time to time I like to make something sweet for them since they cannot eat most of the desserts which are offered.

Betty Crocker and King Arthur Flour have recently come out with some gluten-free mixes which are available at our local grocery stores and I have found quite a few recipes using those mixes as a base in recent months.

picture of Gluten Free Cookie Mix

I made these Monster Cookies this week and I thought they turned out nicely.

picture of Monster

Here's the recipe:

Monster Cookies

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 egg
1 box Betty Crocker Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookie mix
3/4 cup M&M's (I used mini Reece's pieces)
1/2 cup Rice Chex Cereal

Heat oven to 350 degrees. In mixing bowl blend together the butter, peanut butter and egg. Stir in the cookie mix and mix until well blended. Then stir in the candies and the Chex Cereal. (I was using the mixer and let it mix enough to break up the cereal.) Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheets and bake for 11-13 mins. or until the edges of the cookies are golden brown. Let cool for a couple of minutes on the cookie sheets to set and then remove and let cool completely. I got four dozen small cookies from this recipe.

Do you know anyone with Celiac disease or a gluten allergy? Would you like to share any of your favorite recipes or menu ideas?


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